CraftNOW in Philadelphia

Signature Events

CraftMONTH, November 2017

CraftNOW activates the City in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show throughout the month of November. Join us as we examine the Fluid Boundaries of contemporary craft practices and intersections with other disciplines including the fine arts, design, and making. Mark your calendar for these lectures, hands-on activities and special events for 2017.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
November 9 – November 12, 2017

Crown by Nick Lenker whose exhibition “Recreation, The First Person” will be on view at The Galleries at Moore this Fall. Lenker is a current Resident Artist at The Clay Studio.

CraftNOW Kickoff, Proclamation, and Artist Reception for Art in City Hall

Wednesday, November 1, 5-8pm
Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall

Following a proclamation event announcing November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia, CraftNOW will host its annual kickoff in conjunction with the artist reception for Crafting Contexts, a juried exhibition in partnership with Art in City Hall and Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Crafting Contexts presents craft projects serving as a critical tool to examine culture, immigration, the environment, current events or institutional traditions. Crafting Contexts has been juried by artist Eiko Fan and Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Living Artists Coordinator Charlotte Lowery.

A Well-Crafted First Friday in Old City

Friday, November 3, 5-8pm
Galleries, Retailers and Restaurants throughout Old City

CraftNOW partners invite you to explore Philadelphia’s galleries showcasing contemporary craft in all media. Special promotions will be offered by presenting your CraftNOW brochure to participating retailers and restaurants.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Preview Party

Wednesday, November 8
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

The Craft Show’s opening night gala featuring a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Thursday – Sunday, November 9-12
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by the Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects and to support exhibitions and education programs.

5th Annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts

Thursday, November 9
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The University of the Arts will award the fifth annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts at a ceremony and public lecture by the Prize winner. The Prize, which carries a $5,000 award and travel stipend, recognizes an artist whose work is conceptually daring, exemplifies technical skill and innovation, and advances the field of contemporary glass. Previous winners include Matthew Szösz, Bryan McGovern Wilson and Helen Lee.

Fluid Boundaries Symposium

Moore College of Art & Design
Graham Auditorium
20th and The Parkway, Philadelphia
Friday, November 10, 12-8pm

Each year, CraftNOW hosts a symposium to provide a platform for critical discourse in contemporary craft. A half day of talks and moderated discussions is being planned surrounding the theme “Fluid Boundaries” and is generously being hosted by The Galleries at Moore in Moore’s Graham Auditorium. Abraham Thomas, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery, has accepted our invitation to be Keynote Speaker at this year’s event. His finale presentation will be followed by a reception and performative event.

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Can’t join us? Watch the Keynote LIVE at 5 pm here!

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

CraftNOW Create

Saturday, November 11, 11am-4pm
The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, University of the Arts, and Wayne Art Center to name a few.

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Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2017

Friday, December 8
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

CraftNOW closes out November programming by highlighting opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2017, An International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft on December 8. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as a premiere contemporary craft exhibition – the finest works in ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts. Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, as the juror for 2017.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Nora Atkinson, Juror’s Talk followed by Meet the Craft Forms Artists Discussion

In addition to the Craft Forms exhibition, the exhibition Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Women in Glass curated by Dr. Arlene Silvers will be open to the public December 8, 2017 – January 27, 2018.